DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie has talked often about how a demanding schedule prepared her team for the NCAA tournament. Perhaps that's why her players didn't look panicked Monday night, even as they trailed in the final minutes against a fearless team carrying the nation's longest winning streak.
Instead, freshman Chelsea Gray and the Blue Devils answered with the decisive spurt to beat Marist, 71-66, sending them on to the tournament's round of 16 for the 13th time in 14 years.
Gray scored all 13 of her points in the second half to help Duke (31-3) rally from 11 down, including the go-ahead free throws with 2:27 left in an 11-0 run that finally put the second-seeded Blue Devils ahead for good. Krystal Thomas added 10 second-half points, while fellow senior Jasmine Thomas had a team-high 17 as the Blue Devils escaped a stunning loss on their home court.
"We've been together a long time," McCallie said. "We've been in many, many close games. I think we're very comfortable with it. I don't know what people are thinking, but at this time it's not about blowouts and leads. I think our team did slow down a little bit and executed and relaxed and enjoyed the opportunity."
That seemed to be a fitting word for this game considering how close the 10th-seeded Red Foxes (31-3) came from pulling off a huge upset. Despite playing the second half without injured leading scorer Erica Allenspach, Marist led, 60-54, on a three-pointer from Kate Oliver with 5:22 left and even had a shot to tie it in the final seconds after the Blue Devils had taken the lead.
Corielle Yarde had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Maristl.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt doesn't like to overwork her players during postseason practices. She hopes Marquette has convinced the Lady Volunteers to try a little bit harder though.
The top-seeded Lady Vols survived a scrappy match with eighth-seeded Marquette to advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals with a 79-70 victory Monday night. They will face No. 4 Ohio State next in Dayton, Ohio.
"I think that we've had some good practices but not great practices, and the last couple have not been at the level of intensity (necessary)," Summitt said. "This is probably a good wake-up call."
Tennessee will be making its 29th appearance in the round of 16 and is aiming for a Final Four berth after back-to-back disappointing ends to the postseason. The Lady Vols suffered their first and only first-round loss in 2009 to Ball State and lost in the 2010 regional semifinals to Baylor, despite having a No. 1 seed and playing in Memphis.
Marquette never led, but every time the Lady Vols (33-2) built a lead, the Golden Eagles fought back. It was Tennessee's narrowest margin in a NCAA win on its home court since a 69-65 victory over Auburn in 1991 and second narrowest second-round victory.
Angel Robinson led Marquette (24-9) with 19 points. McMorris added 15 points, Jasmine Collins 14 and Fiedorowicz 12.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Keisha Hampton saved her best shots for the foul line.
DePaul's junior forward scored 19 of her 26 points in the second half, including two free throws with 4.9 seconds left, to help DePaul rally from 14 down to defeat Penn State, 75-73, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Julia Trogele, a senior, had 14 points and 11 rebounds in her final game for Penn State. After making the NCAAs for the first time since 2005, the Lady Lions' resurgent season came to an end.